Whether your home is safe?
How do you feel when you return home and find your house burgled? You feel outraged, violated and vulnerable. You feel that there is no safety and curse the system. You complain to the police and if there is no detection, you feel cynic and frustrated.
It is a common thing that some time entire family has to go out after locking the house. So when you are out the fear of burglary is always lurking in your mind. Now the question is whether burglary can be prevented?.
Burglary is a non-confrontational crime. The burglars enter in the house when no body is there. But this crime makes us totally insecure and unsafe. We may lose the earnings of our entire life.
How to prevent burglary?
In order to prevent burglary it is important to understand who commits this crime? When it happens? Why it happens?
Burglaries are committed generally by the young males looking for things, which are small, expensive, and can easily be converted into ready cash. Jewellery, camera, VCR, television, radio, cash, watches, guns, small electronic items are high on the burglar’s list. Most of the burglary takes place in the houses where inmates are absent temporarily. It may happen during the daytime as well as during the nighttimes. In cities where both the spouses are working and children go to school are in the high risk of burglary.
It is often found that before committing the burglary the burglar selects a house that is unoccupied with easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, with best possible escape routes.
What you have to do is to make your house so difficult for the potential burglars so that the burglar cannot imagine entering in your house. So follow the following tips to prevent house burglary.
Keep your doors locked and windows covered even in daytime.
Properly check whether the doors and windows of your house are closed and locked when you are going out.
Fix grills on windows and glass panelled doors.
Keep side doors pad locked and main door bolted.
Use slam-shut locks instead of pad locks.
Install magic eye and safety chains on doors. Look through the magic eye and ensure the door chain is secure, before opening the door to a stranger.
Leave a light burning when you go out of town.
Inform your neighbours about your absence from your home for a long or short period.
Insure all valuable properties like VCR, TV etc.
Mark valuables with an identification number like your Ration Card, Passport or Driving licence number.
Provide lights on the exit points of your house.
Install an alarm system and learn how to use it.
Monitor your alarm system and arrange for guard response.
Stow away ladders and tools.
Make your home appear lived in.
Don't keep huge amount of cash and ornaments in the house.
Use Bank lockers.
Don't keep the keys of the receptacles in which the valuables are kept in the keyhole or nearby places.
Don't sleep near an open window during the night. A burglar could snatch the ornaments from you.
Keep your bedroom locked from inside.
Don't disturb the scene, if you notice theft in your house, wait for the arrival of police otherwise it will lead to tampering of evidence like fingerprints, footprints etc.
Don't allow any stranger to enter your house, when you are alone without finding out his identity.
Beware of persons coming to your house under the pretext of repairing/selling things, conducting meter readings etc.
Don't wear heavy ornaments while travelling alone.
Don't open your bag-containing valuable like cash and ornaments, while travelling in public places.
Don't go alone with cash and jewellery during the nighttimes.
Do not record a message on answering machine telling people you are on holiday or away.
Always stop and think about the risk.
Always identify a visitor before opening the door.
Never allow young children to open the door to visitors.
Always ask representatives to provide identification.
Avoid walking alone at night.
Walk in busy well lit roads, towards traffic.
Carry your purse close to your body and slightly to the front.
Your purse should be closed and fastened at all times. Do not leave it on a counter.
Do not carry your keys, cheque book or credit-cards in your bag. Carry them in a jacket or other pocket on your person.
Do not carry more money than necessary.
If someone attempts to take your bag, give it up rather than risk personal injury.
Get your domestic help's antecedents verified.
Give his/her photograph as well as address to the nearest Police Station for verification.
Get his/her background verified from previous employer.
Avoid giving access to his relatives and friends.
Avoid displaying jewellery and valuables in the house.